Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools

July 2012

Over the past decade, the child-friendly schools (CFS) model has emerged as UNICEF’s signature means to advocate for and promote quality education for every girl and boy. Child-friendly schools enable all children to achieve their full potential.

As a part of a Global Capacity Development Programme on CFS, UNICEF has developed the Child Friendly Schools Manual, a reference document and practical guidebook to help countries implement CFS models appropriate to their specific circumstances. The CFS approach to education guarantees all children the right to schools that are safe and protective, that offer potable drinking water, hand-washing facilities and clean, safe toilets. In child-friendly schools, children learn about hygiene and how to protect themselves and their families from infectious diseases.

As a companion to the Child Friendly Schools Manual, this module provides an in-depth guide to promoting WASH in Schools through curriculum and classroom practices. It is intended as general guidance adaptable to particular context and settings.

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